Moon X1300 Adjustable light review£180.00

Innovative, bifocal light unit

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There are lots of binocular-style light units around, but few share the independent tilt angle adjustment of these Moons. The idea is that separating the two beams vertically by a few degrees means you get a double-barrelled output that gives good reach but still plenty of detail down by the front wheel.

It works pretty well in practice too, putting the workable but hardly dazzling amount of light output to its most effective use for simpler, straighter trails. The obvious casualty of the design is width of coverage and peripheral context, but a fixed twin-beam 1300 unit with a bit more sideways spread and a significantly more powerful 1800 lumen version are also available, for a little less or a little more outlay.

Illumination is for the most part impressive, though neither power nor contextual coverage are class-leading:
Illumination is for the most part impressive, though neither power nor contextual coverage are class-leading:

Illumination is for the most part impressive, though neither power nor contextual coverage are class-leading

While full-power run-time is slightly limited, the next step 850 lumen level is usable for cruising and adds 50min of life. You can toggle through the seven different settings with the very neat plug-in remote button, which minimises the interruption caused by the flashing and strobe options.

The practical features don’t stop there either. The compact hard case battery has a red LED run-time indicator strip, which can also be switched to a constant or flashing mode and used as a rear light thanks to the supplied extension cable. A helmet mount is included too.

  • Weight: 361g
  • Run time: 1:50hr

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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